Finally, it’s October. The month of specialty pumpkin beverages. The month where you can let your imagination run wild, as you create your Halloween costume. BUT, did you know that October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wear PINK! We wear pink to remember those we have lost to breast cancer. We wear pink to increase awareness. We wear pink to raise funds for research.
This October, the Service Learning Program wants to encourage you to honor, support, and raise awareness for Breast Cancer by wearing PINK.
Show your support by wearing pink, post a picture on your social media and hashtag #SLKCCpinktober
Follow @kccservice on twitter
Are you looking for fun and exciting way to fulfill your civic engagement requirement while also participating in meaningful service? Become a JA teacher for today!
The summer semester is coming to an end! So now is the time to:
- Get Ready!
- Get Up!
- Get Excited for new opportunities with the Service Learning Program!!
Here is what you have to do:
- Visit – C102 to find out what’s going on and to sign up for new opportunities
- Pass by our table in the C-cluster for flyers of our events
- Follow us on our social media sites
So you’ve done all of these steps and you still haven’t found a project that you are interested in?
- Work one on one with a Service Learning Team member to create or find a project that caters to your specific interest and needs!
Are you interested in helping other students?
The Computer Literacy program is an excellent opportunity for students looking to build their resume and strengthen their interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills. It’s open to all majors and may be especially beneficial to students in majors such as Educational Studies, Business Administration, Speech Communications, Mental Health & Human Services, and Community Health.
Are you able to FULLY commit to teaching 6 mandatory sessions?
If so, click the link below to begin the application process.
So you have finally found the organization you want to work with. But you are a little nervous about you you should approach the community partner… OR … maybe you are unsure about HOW or WHAT to say to the CP..
Hmmmm what are you to do?
Well DON’T worry. The Service Learning Team has got your back! We’ve put together a sample script to get your started.
“Hi my name is ______________ and I am calling from Kingsborough Community College. May I please speak with (site contact person name) regarding participation in your agency as a service-learning student?”
Once the site person is on the phone
“Hi my name is ______________ and I am a student from Kingsborough Community College student who is interested in participating as a service-learner with your agency. I am taking a _________ course and my instructor requires ______ hours to complete my service-learning requirements.
I am available during (provide your dates and times). Do you have any available programs that can correlate with my schedule?
Is there a required orientation or training I will need to attend? Am I required to complete any medical forms, background checks? Does your program require me to complete specific hours?
Thank you for your time and consideration.”
If you would like help contacting an agency, Stop by our office!
We asked a few students to share their thoughts about Service Learning and here is what they came up with!!
Service Learning is…
“a great way to get involved!”
” a great way to engage with the society!”
“a different way to participate in group activities!”
“a teaching & learning experience”
“an opportunity that allows you to share what you’ve learned with others!”
Have you ever wondered what it takes to have a meaningful service learning experience? Our team has put together a few easy TIPS to help!
Tip # 1: Have an Idea- it is a lot easier for our team to place you in the best site if you know where you want to go or what you want to do
Tip #2: Smile (it goes a long way) – Thinking positive and being enthusiastic during your service learning experience can open many doors
Tip #3: Work Hard – One of the main purposes of Service Learning is to gain practical experience that complements your class room experience. So it is important to work hard and learn
Tip #4:Make (Professional) Friends- Building your professional networks during your experience is also very important! Don’t forget to ask for a reference once your project is done!
After participating in the service learning Junior Achievement Program, I’ve gained a new perspective on life preparation. I’m sure the program was created and intended to change ones view on teaching, however; I have been greatly impacted, realizing the need to prepare children no matter how young for a fiscally responsible life. Life lesson taught in the classroom is an impacting idea for the students and for those participating.
Many adults looking back on childhood first complaint may be, school did not teach me anything valuable to apply to my day to day adult life. The JA program debunks that statement, I could only wish more schools can implement such a program into their curriculum. Learning something as fundamental as finances and not just the business jargon but how to save, spend, what should be bought or not, as trivial as those may seem to a child where money isn’t their greatest assets, the idea of learning what to do with money, that young will benefit them way into adulthood.
The JA experience opened by eyes to the complete benefits of ‘Life Lessons’ such as monetary responsibility being taught to children. I am not a parent, but I know for a fact that because of my experience, I will be sure to make a point of expressing the complexities of money and its purpose to my child way sooner than I probably would have before. A well rounded adult, usually has their finances together and how great to have learnt to do that, all the way back in Pre-K.
By Lee-Ann Graham
By: Gerardo Battiante
My experience with the Junior Achievement program has been one of the most enjoyable and fun experiences I’ve done in college. Money, banking and finance is my field and having the chance to teach it to the kindergarteners of the Joseph Lamb School made me learn a lot too. Even though the kids were very young, they were also very wise and sometimes their answer surprised me. I also got the chance to work along with some great fellow students and advisors. Our day started with a quick meeting to go over the plan for the day, and then we all moved to our classes and introduced ourselves to the teachers and the kids. We then covered all the material throughout the morning with reading sessions, activities and some breaks. It’s been a great experience and I would definitely do it again because it made me realize how much I like working with kids and because I feel that I can only learn more from it.
Read about Nizzah Guerra’s Spring 2016 JA experience
My Junior Achievement experience was nothing like I envisioned it to be, it is safe to say that it surpassed my expectations but in an awesome way. When I first heard about JA it was from my little brother, who was wowed by his JA experience. After speaking with him regarding his JA experience, I was immediately sold. I knew that this program was something that I would like to be involved with. When I found out that Kingsborough was offering this program I quickly went to C-102 to find out how I could participate. I signed up and it is safe to say that I do not regret making that decision.
On the first day of meeting I was very excited but my excitement soon turned into fear. After receiving our kits, and I saw all of the materials that had to be presented in that one day, I begin to wonder how it was going to be possible to present all the lessons in each session. Questions began to float through my head. Would the children remember all the materials though? Could I remember all the materials? Would my partner and I be able to intrigue the children enough to make them interested enough to learn? Although all these questions were going through my mind I was determined to achieve the goal ahead of me.
On the morning of the JA presentation, there were a lot of butterflies in my stomach, but I refused to let it deter me from going and giving the information we had to offer to the children. Upon meeting the children and seeing how excited and ready they were to hear what my partner and I had to say all fears flew out the door. We were amazed by how much they already knew about money, how they were able to most importantly count money and all their point of views on what we were offering them. It is safe to say our kindergarten class was the most intelligent and cooperative class we have ever had the opportunity to teach.
We received warm welcomes and heartfelt goodbyes from both the students and teachers. At the end of the day we successfully able to complete all of the sessions, and I am sure that we left them a little more educated than we met them. I would encourage everyone how wants to work with children in the future to participate in JA because they will not regret it. It has truly helped to reinforce my choice of being a social worker and especially working with children.